Physics Dept - MtSE Joint Seminar


October 19th, Friday (*SPECIAL DAY*)


Hunting for Topological Phases amidst

Hofstadter Butterflies and Disordered Landscapes


Prof. Smitha Vishveshwara

U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

(Condensed Matter/Materials Physics, Host: Prodan)


Time: 11:45am-12:45pm with 11:30am tea time

Room: ECE 202


In this talk, rich topological behavior in two related models will be  discussed – the Majorana wire and a Su-Schrieffer-Heeger ladder - in the presence of potential energy landscapes. An introduction of the two models and of techniques that directly provide information on edge-state properties will form the starting point for obtaining topological phase diagrams in these models. In the case of these systems subject to a quasiperiodic potential, a beautiful topological phase diagram emerges mimicking Hofstadter’s butterfly patterns. In the case of disordered potential landscapes, Anderson localization physics informs the behavior of the disordered topological phase diagram. Finally, the possible implementation of this physics in a variety of experimental systems, including solid state, cold atomic and electro-mechanical settings will be presented.